Wine Tasting@孔雀 2010.02.27

南澳 Petaluma & Kanppstein

The main wine region in Western Australia is Margaret River. Hunter Valley is the most famous region in New South Wales, and Adelaide is the most important one in South Australia.

The wines today are from Clare Valley and Piccadilly Valley, which close to Adelaide.

Petaluma Riesling 2008

Very different from Germany Riesling, but similar to light body new world Chardonnay. Light gold color, and citrus nose with pear and apple hints. A little bit mineral mouth feel.

Knappstein Three 2006

70% Gewurztraminer, 20% Riesling and 10% Pinot Gris.

Gewurztraminer provides the rich litchi nose. Gold with green hue. Breakingly sharp acid at the beginning. This breaking acidity decays quickly after pouring out a few minutes, but still lingering. Nuts in palate and some after-sweet.

Petaluma Piccadilly Valley Chardonnay 2004

Very rich wood, nut and butter flavor with apple hint. Similar to California Chardonnay.
Orange and vanilla in the palates. Light banana and mineral tone.
Pickled Plum.

Knappstein Syrah 2004

Black berry, slightly blue berry, chocolate, licorice and typical black pepper flavor. Light acidity. Chewy. Young tannin. Strong palate at the beginning, but decays quickly.

Knappstein Enterprise Cabernet Sauvignon 2005

95% Cabernet Sauvignon and 5% Malbec.
Black berry. Oak. Smoke. Cinammon. Brown sugar sweet. Lower tone flavor.
90% in new French oak and 10% new American oak. Barriques for 22 months.

Knappstein Enterprise Syrah 2000

Lether, smoky, wet soil, grass.
White pepper, light oak. fully matured.
I love this one among 3 kinds of Syrah today.

Knappstein Yertabulti Vineyard Syrah 2005

Black berry, black pepper, spices. Brilliant higher tone aroma.

Petaluma Coonawarra Cabernet Merlot 2001

Connawarra is known as Bordeaux in Australia.
50% Cabernet Sauvignon and 50% Merlot.
Black berry and light chocolate.